Winners of the WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña

Winners of the WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña

The WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña brought back all of the fun elements of this world-renowned festival including the El Grito Contest Sponsored by Stripes and the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest, and much, much more!

The El Grito Contest Sponsored by Laredo Taco Company at Stripes® took place on Friday and Alejandro Saucedo Saldivar won first place as well as a $200 cash prize.

The night caught on fire with the granddaddy event of them all, the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest on Saturday night.

Molly Schuyler broke the record again for the most jalapeños eaten during the contest with 310 jalapeños (31 more jalapeños than last year) and took home the gold as well as receiving $3,000 cash prize. Andrew “Snacks” Puhl placed second with 202 jalapeños and received $1,500 cash prize. Third place contestant Brandon “Da Garbage Disposal” Clark ate a total of 170 jalapeños and received a $750 cash prize.


Professional Eater Category Winners

1st Place – Molly Schuyler (310 jalapeños)

2nd Place – Andrew “Snacks” Puhl (202 jalapeños)

3rd Place – Brandon “Da Garbage Disposal” Clark (170 jalapeños)


Amateur Category Winners

1st Place – Juan Pablo Rangel Ochoa (101 jalapeños)

2nd Place – Nathaneal Barrientos (78 jalapeños)

3rd  Place – Juan Martinez (73 jalapeños)


Amateur Category Winners received $500, $400 and $300 cash prize.

The previous record for the most Jalapeños eaten during the contest was set by professional eater Molly Schuyler at a very hot (and painful) 279 jalapeños in 15 minutes!!! For us non-professionals, Braulio Ramirez set the local record in 1992 with a whopping 141 jalapeños eaten in 15 minutes. This is one competition you have to see to believe!

The WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña was held at the El Metro Park and Ride on Hillside Road and attracted thousands of people over a two-day period and was proudly sponsored by La Costeña. Additional sponsors included Stripes® Convenience Stores, Miller Lite, Anheuser-Busch, South Texas Ford Dealers, The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo, Whataburger and Valley Day & Night Clinic. In-kind sponsors: Z-93/Guerra Communications and Taco Palenque.

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